JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES - Large Cap - BUY Recommendation

Jaiprakash Associates
CMP: Rs 116

Merrill Lynch has maintained a ‘buy’ rating on Jaiprakash Associates (JPA), but has reduced the target price to Rs 335 from 395. This is because it has reduced the value of Yamuna Expressway due to indefinite delay in the proposed Greater Noida International Airport, higher expressway cost and lower real estate realisations till FY11E.

This can impact development of realty at three (3,750 acres) of the five land parcels (6,250 acres) of JPA’s Yamuna Expressway located in and around Noida airport. Hence, Merrill Lynch has removed these parcels from the valuations till visibility emerges.

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It has also factored in a higher cost of the expressway at Rs 7,400 crore on higher land/construction costs and lower realisation assumptions on the Noida land bank till FY11E on continued weakness in the realty market in National Capital Region (NCR).

Key triggers are:
a) Improved macro situation — lower inflation/rates;
b) Execution of power/infrastructure projects on time; and
c) Monetisation of realty land bank.

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